Curry-less Warriors rout Hornets

08 December 2017 03:17:52 GMTPlus11

In their first game without the injured Stephen Curry the Golden State Warriors blasted the Charlotte Hornets 101-87 at the Spectrum Center in North Carolina.

A notion has been going around the media that the Golden State Warriors are better without Kevin Durant, a notion rather soundly dispelled by the 29-year-old small forward who exploded for a triple-double by scoring a game high 35 points, while grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists.

This was Durant's first triple-double and his 28 shots were the most the Washington D.C. native has put up since the NBA Finals last year.

The Warriors are now on a five-game winning streak and have won eight of their last ten contests.

Golden State trails the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference standings, but has won more games overall, as the Warriors reached the 20-win mark with the triumph in Charlotte.

Wednesday was one of the rare times that one player was the focus of their offense, with only three players for the visitors reaching double digit scoring for the contest.

The Warriors were also without Draymond Green, as the reigning NBA defensive player of the year missed the contest with a shoulder injury.

In defeat Kemba Walker led the way for the struggling Hornets, with the 27-year-old from the Bronx, New York City finishing with a team high 24 points, while pulling down six rebounds and passing out five assists.

Golden State now completes their road swing in Detroit against the Pistons, while the Hornets will hope to regroup when they host the Chicago Bulls.

The Warriors are 1.57 to retain their NBA Championship title, with the Rockets 9.00 and the Boston Celtics 10.00.

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